Combining old-world charm with the best of modern technology, the country offers a heady blend of East and West to the international students who come to study at the top-ranking colleges and universities of the country. In 2017, Malaysia registered close to one hundred thousand international students.
September - May
$5,500 - $6,500 per year
Average Tution Fees
$4,000 - $5,000
Range Living Cost
- University of Malaya
- Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman
- Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
- Universiti Sains Malaysia
- Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
- Universiti Putra Malaysia
- Creative arts
- Design innovation
- Science and technology
Why Study in the Malaysia
With the cost of education and living comparatively lower than in other countries offering the same standard of education, international students are attracted to Malaysia due to the great standard of living they can achieve, as well as its breathtaking scenery.
The tuition fees are very affordable
High quality education
11th most popular education destination
Most universities and colleges are in these cities, which gives students excellent access to vibrant cities such as Kuala Lumpur. Influenced by Indian, Chinese, Malay, Tamil, Thai, American and Indonesian cultures and lifestyles, Malaysia is incredibly multi-cultural and offers a variety of food and entertainment on its bustling streets and bazaars.
An excellent location to study whether you want to blend in with other students from your own background, or make friends with those with different cultures, languages and religions, the country’s welcoming and hospitable culture will ensure you feel at home.
Public transport is diverse and easy-to-use, making getting around easy no matter where you’re living and studying, and you can get into the heart of Malaysian culture by travelling safely round the cities and countryside.
Cost of Living
Student’s will typically require around £10,000 - £12,000 per year to pay for accommodation and living costs, with students in London paying significantly more than this.
Average Monthly Costs
$75 – 150
Mobile & Internet
Travel & Others
$150 - 250
Movies & Others
Work and study in Malaysia
You can work part time in Malaysia while doing your under-graduate or master’s programme but conditions apply.
You will be unable to work during term time. This means that you will only be able to work when you are on your university or college holidays. The holiday must be for a period of 7 days or more.
If you are studying at degree level, you will be able to work for a maximum of 20 hours per week during term-time. During the holidays you can work full-time.
With the UK working to attract more international students each year, measures are currently being put in place to enable local businesses to provide more employment opportunities to students studying in the UK.
School leaving certificate or equivalent, STPM, GCE A-levels etc
A suitable bachelor’s degree
A master’s degree.
One great way to help pay for your study and living expenses is to obtain a scholarship.
You will need a student visa to study in college or university in Malaysia. Known as the Student Pass, the costs vary depending on which course you will be studying in Malaysia. Medical insurance is a required part of your application, and you should make sure you check with your Embassy as to what documents and criteria you will need to meet.
Malaysia student visa requirements
- A copy of your passport, including pages that carry previous entries
- Your passport must be valid for at least 12 months
- Offer letter from your chosen university
- Academic certificates
- Medical report
- Personal bond
Scholarships or Bursaries
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More about Malaysia
The national capital and a global business hub, Kuala Lumpur or KL, is also a greatly sought education destination.
Easy to navigate and less expensive to live than other metropolises in the world, Kuala Lumpur is the most affordable student city to live in according to according to the QS World Universities ranking.
What International students love about studying in Kuala Lumpur
Internationally recognised degrees
It’s a great place to study technology and multi-media
It’s an inspiring place to learn about cultural diversity
Considered the Silicon Valley of the east, Penang holds a top economic position in Malaysia for GDP and Human Development Index. The state has a diverse mix of language, religion and culture and it is known for its high literacy rate amongst the youth—99.5%!
What International students love about studying in Penang
It’s home to plenty of world class universities
Penang Digital Library is a perfect place to study
Accommodation is very affordable
Selangor, one of the 13 states of Malaysia, is the wealthiest and more urbanised of all the states. Once the capital, and still the royal seat, Selangor is Malaysia’s first planned city and a great commercial hub.
What International students love about studying in Selangor
It’s easy to find internships which will help after you graduate
It’s home to big name businesses
There’s plenty to do
Perhaps, topping the list should actually be Educity, a fully integrated hub for education, R&D and industry action, top colleges and universities. With all the modern facilities for education such as auditoriums, stadiums, gymnasiums and a sport arena, this city is now attracting a number of international students.
What International students love about studying in Educity
It’s a renowned destination for world class education
You couldn’t get a more student-friendly place to study
It’s home to some of the most established institutions
Malaysia is making a transition from an emerging market to a mature one, moving from resource dependent economy to one driven by knowledge and information with emphasis on manufacturing and services. Employers are now looking for skilled, qualified and competent workforce. The country hopes to find itself as a developed country by 2020. While employers complain that they are not able to find candidates with real knowledge and skill needed for the jobs, and therefore, settling for those available by default, companies and organisations are reorganising their strategies to hire the right people. Candidates with a background of information and digital technology can look forward to good job prospects in Malaysia. So also, students with professional degrees such as engineering, accounting and management. If Malaysia, as hoped, will make the transition to a mature market, the employment prospects look good for graduates of Malaysian universities.
- Don’t touch the head of adults. It is considered rude.
- Don’t point your index finger at somebody. If you want to point out at someone, use your thumb and fold the other fingers of the hand.
- Pounding your fist into the palm of the other hand is considered obscene. Avoid doing it if you are prone to display of such gestures.
- Don’t kiss in public.
- If you are a woman, don’t touch a monk or hand him something.
- Shake hands only when offered a hand. Otherwise, stay away.
- A great roar or a loud report or burping after a heavy meal is acceptable.
- Do not discuss politics and government policies.
- Do not drink alcohol.
- Say no to any kind of drugs—carrying or consuming.
- Remove your footwear before entering a temple or a holy place.
- Receive a gift with your right hand.
- Carry always your essential documents.
- Dress conservatively